Pro-Life: It Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means (pt. 2)

Second in a series on abortion and Evangelicals

The anti-abortion movement is now setting its sights on birth control and labeling it a Religious Freedom issue. Rather than what it is, a Religious Tyranny issue.

Just like with same-sex marriage laws, this has nothing to do with the ability of religious practitioners to follow their conscience without the constraint of government upon them. This is about their right to impose their morality onto others – even if they have to entirely devise new definitions in order to do so.

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Nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!

But this isn’t anything new to Randall Terry, Chuck Colson, Richard Land and other leaders of the contemporary “pro-life” movement. They’re used to flubbing and fibbing when it suits them. They do this every time there’s a new same-sex marriage equality bill going around. “The government is trying to determine who churches should marry,” they say in a horrible chorus of horribleness. “The gays is trying to get special treatment,” ignoring the fact that they are the one given this special treatment to live life as married individuals without being persecuted for it.

Preventing every last form of abortion, to them, is caring for the least of these. Poverty reduction, pacifism, any other type of activism that leads to protection of any other post-born life – according to the Contemporary Pro-Lifers, these are mere distractions and cannot be solved before Jesus comes back.

So don’t even bother. The only fight worth having is against abortion – and related areas. Like homosexuals.

Seriously. That’s the response.

They worry incessantly that through universal healthcare they may someday, possibly, through their taxes, have to pay for contraceptives and even some abortions. 

Even if those abortions turn out to be medical emergencies, it’s still a non-starter.

Which brings us to another point. The CPL leaders deny that abortion is ever a viable option. Even when the woman’s life is at risk. They are committed to the idea that, not only is the fetus a human life, but it is a superior lifesuperior to criminals, superior to soldiers, superior to civilians of foreign states, superior to the poor, superior to immigrants. And certainly superior to the women who would give birth to them.

This commitment is justified by the theological concept that the pre-born have yet to sin. So, unlike their slutty mothers, they have no right to die if at all preventable.

That is, until after they are born and they sin.

Then they’re allowed to starve…

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